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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Lamrock Cafe, Bondi

bondi view
In a deja vu repeat of last year's day out at Sculpture by the Sea, we somehow ended up at Lamrock Cafe again for lunch before we made the trek by the sea.

The weather was perfect today. Hot but not humid, and not a cloud to be seen in the cerulean skies.

In beachside Bondi, boardshorts and bikinis are the uniform for the masses. Outdoor cafes spill over with golden tanned bodies. Oversized dark sunglasses perch atop bleached blonde hair.

The casual carefree under-dressed nature of the beachside demands simple no-fuss dining. And so in another repeat of last year, I end up sinking my teeth into the Lamrock Beef Bondi Burger.

beef burger
Lamrock Bondi Burger $13.90
Lamrock own recipe 200g mince beef patty with

lettuce, tomato, caramelised onions and barbecue sauce

The burger is definitely one for 'the boys' as it's a little too meaty for my liking. A one-inch thick slab of beef patty dominates every mouthful; the bun is airy and there's only a token gesture of salad.

The beef patty is good quality, without the use of too much bread crumb or meal. The chips are nice and crunchy too, but the bottle of Fountain tomato sauce on the table contains the runniest Fountain I've ever seen.

fish burger
Fish Bondi Burger $15.50
Crumbed barramundi fillets with lettuce, cucumber and lemon-scented tartare sauce

The fish burger feaster also comments on the lack of salad, although the fish fillet is fresh and tasty. And sheesh, I don't know how many times I have to remind people "no eating until the photos are taken!"

bondi view
Seafood grill $22.50
Tiger prawns, octopus, squid, barramaundi, scallops

served with green salad and tartare sauce

The seafood grill is fairly impressive, arriving with a good mix of fresh seafood. The octopus is a little under-done but the tiger prawns are seared nicely, and the scallops are declared as tender too.

Service is a little slap-dash and one of our drinks was forgotten (but not included on the bill). But with a salty breeze on your shoulders and the deep blue sea for a view, we're happy to swan along with the rest of the sun-kissed crowd.

Lamrock Cafe
72 Campbell Parade, Bondi
Tel: +61 (02) 9130 6313
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posted by Anonymous on 11/12/2005 11:26:00 pm


  • At 3/30/2008 7:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Had breakfast there this morning, bloody awful. I've been to some rank cafes and I'm used to being ripped off on Sydney's eastern beaches but this morning's effort was pathetic and obscene - service was scatty, knowledgeless and rude (including paying out the boss who makes the drinks while serving - nice). Food was meagre, cold, and often not what was on the menu. One kosher diner asked for pork sausages to be swapped out for mushrooms and was charged for the mushrooms. For better ambience, go to the Bondi Social. For better food go to Speedos. Don't be fooled by the prime location - these people don't give a stuff abut quality, or you.

  • At 4/08/2008 9:24 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - I'm guessing you won't be going back? :)


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